Wyndham Visalia Earns Autism Certification and Joins Initiative to Create a More Welcoming Destination

Wyndham Visalia is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have completed autism-specific training and certification to better understand and welcome autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. Wyndham Visalia is the most recent organization to join Visit Visalia’s movement to achieve the designation of Certified Autism Destination (CAD), meaning that visitors can choose from a variety of trained and certified lodging, recreation, and entertainment options in the city of Visalia.

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Arts Visalia Gallery Becomes Autism Certified, Joins Visit Visalia’s Initiative to Create a More Accessible Destination

Arts Visalia Gallery is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), a designation awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). By completing autism-specific training through IBCCES, the Gallery joins Visit Visalia’s initiative to achieve the Certified Autism Destination (CAD) designation which means that visitors will have a variety of trained and certified entertainment and lodging options in the area.

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Trenton Fire and Emergency Services Becomes Autism Certified to Better Assist Community

The Trenton Fire and Emergency Services has earned the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to enhance first responders’ knowledge and ability to assist autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals during times of emergency. The IBCCES’ program provides firefighters and first responders with scenario-based training to better understand and approach individuals who may be autistic and communicate effectively with individuals who might need assistance.

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IBCCES Welcomes Sharifa Yateem as a New Advisory Board Member

Sharifa Yateem MSc, BCBA, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a leading global provider of training and certification on autism and cognitive disorders, appointed Sharifa Yateem to its executive advisory board. Sharifa Yateem is the founder of Sharifa Yateem Center for Rehabilitation and Sharifa Yateem Consulting in Abu Dhabi. She has extensive experience working with different age ranges of autistic individuals and training special educators, therapists, caregivers, families, and other personnel in all aspects of assisting the autistic community.
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Autistic Travel Is Evolving – Giving Families and Individuals More Reasons to Travel

Alex Stratikis,

By Alex Stratikis, Autistic Self-Advocate, and World Traveler

Instagram: @autismadventuresabroad

It’s understandable that autistic people and their families may feel apprehensive about travel since it requires them to step outside their comfort zone and routine, which can present some challenges. Things like anxiety, sensory issues, spatial awareness, and prioritization are just some of the challenges that an autistic individual may have that prevents them from considering travel as a viable option.

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The Vitals™ App Awarded Premiere International Certification to Better Serve the Autistic Community

Vitals™ Aware Services, creators of the Vitals™ App, today announced that it has earned the Certified Autism Resource (CAR) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

The Vitals™ App speaks clearly when vulnerable individuals can’t. This information is delivered securely and privately to a 911 operator, first responder, and/or approved member of the person’s family or caregiving team.

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Barriers to Accessing Primary Health Care for Autistic Individuals

Based on research led by an autistic doctor, Mary Doherty, most autistic individuals who suffer from medical conditions, whether physical or mental, face difficulties while seeking medical attention.

507 autistic and 157 non-autistic participants were recruited using social media and mainly resided in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The information was obtained using an online survey and the questionnaire was composed of multiple-choice together with open-ended questions.

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